Originally Posted by BUTTERSisMYmaster View Post
Beyond controlling their play at home, any further suggestions? Maybe tricks to try AT the dog park?
I work on recalls at the dog park. I have treats in my pocket. We walk together along the path. If they get too far ahead, I will call them. If they come (they do most of the time) they get a treat. I will also hide behind a tree and watch them to see what happens when they notice I am missing. They eventually turn around and look so worried. They look for me and when they find me, we hug and make a big deal out of it.
I will pretend I have fallen and watch proudly as they run up to me out of concern. I have taught my oldest Golden to stand still and allow me to lean on him to get off the ground. That is his job. I have fallen for real and he was right there nice and steady to balance against while I got my butt off the ground after falling on ice.
I will practice, "this way" and turn the direction of our walk. I will do this multiple times. It keeps their eyes on me.
I will practice "slow" with them --- -to teach them to stay with me and go slow when we are on a slippery slope.
When no one is there I sing to my hearts content. They love to hear me sing (at least I like to think so.) They wag their tails and trot along. There is another lady who is sometimes there with her Pomeranians. Four of them! She talks to them and skips with them. She doesn't know I have seen her, but I admire her for that. For ever I will love the lady with the Pomeranians who thinks she is all alone and is skipping with her pups in the woods. She makes me smile.
I am on to something big - - - this is the only way to be. My dogs are really happy dogs. They don't need to wrestle. Just sing to them. Be happy. Goldens love happy, happy, happy : )
I go on and on, don't I? The main point is I am at the dog park to exercise my dogs and bond with them. It is a wonderful opportunity (if you can avoid the out of control dogs with crazy owners who want to watch wrestlemania : )